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My Cosplaying Kids And Their Ren Faire Adventure

The wonderful Hearts Delight at King Richard’s Faire

My kids took their first steps toward becoming cosplayers at the King Richard’s Faire in Carver, Massachusetts last year. I wasn’t sure if it was just a phase, something that was cool then but that would lose its luster by the following year. Turns out, they were even more committed to the idea this year, and it was fantastic!

I should preface this post by saying that my kids hate clothes shopping, especially my oldest. I’m sure that will change someday, but right not it’s the worst fate in the world when I take them to buy new clothes. They’d rather eat broccoli. Yeah, it’s that bad.

So, when they found out we were going to King Richard’s Faire again and both of them gleefully started planning the next parts of their costumes, I was surprised. It was on the top of their to-do lists, followed by watching the jousting.

This was our knight. He cheated and was slain in a duel to the death.

My oldest daughter had purchased a little peasant skirt and blouse last year and wanted a corset to add to her outfit. Did I mention she’s only 11-years-old? This posed a problem as she doesn’t quite have the figure of a buxom wench and I do not want my little girl looking like that yet, or ever.

We went to one shop where they were completely unhelpful and actually said they had nothing that would work. My daughter was not discouraged and, although sad, marched right on into the next shop, Heart’s Delight, where a woman helped her find the perfect corset for a young girl, not a tavern wench. She looked adorable and couldn’t have been happier.

My little one had a capelet from the previous year and decided that she was going to be a hunter. The first step was to purchase one of those furry tails as a trophy. She clipped it to her front belt loop and now has plans to add more each year. She also purchased a little leather bag for her belt because she decided that would hold bait to trap her animals.

I’m thinking this might be my girls in a good few years from now….

I’ve never cosplayed unless you count wearing a costume at Halloween, so watching my kids fall in love with the hobby lets me live vicariously through them. They’ve already made plans for next year’s purchases that involve chainmail belts, arrows and quivers and are planning on getting me and their Dad into the act, too. I don’t think I’ve had this much fun at the ren faire in years!

2 Responses to “My Cosplaying Kids And Their Ren Faire Adventure”

  1. Thadrin says:

    But what about the question on everyone's lips…did Russ have ren fair McFancypants?

  2. NakedHobo says:

    I am super sad that I missed the Faire this year. It just doesn't feel like summer if I don't attend at least once.

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